Russian parliamentarian Konstantin Kosachyov points out that the authorization for use of force is not limited to Syria. He said that Russia could strike beyond the Syrian border if targeted extremists flee across the border.
The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests (at 7:35 pm mark)
A prominent member of Russia’s parliament has suggested that Russia could strike beyond Syria if the extremists targeted by its airstrikes flee across the border.
“When you poison an insect it’s not enough to send it into the neighbors’ kitchen,” said Konstantin Kosachyov, who chairs the international affairs committee in the Russian parliament’s upper house. “This would make our efforts to counter terrorism meaningless.”
Kosachyov noted that President Vladimir Putin’s request for authorization to use military force abroad did not specify the country, adding that this was intentional.
So far the bombs haven’t dropped on any extremists, only Assad opponents.
Hard to see that redline when you’re 30,000 ft. in the air. But I predict that Putin will claim that his bombing stopped chemical weapon use. Hey Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Humanitarian of the Year.
Can anyone name a spot in the whole of the known universe that IS off limits to Russian expansionist and control designs? Yes, me neither.